This presentation sets out examples of Deirdre Hughes' ongoing work on shaping experiences of learning and work within cities. It begins by setting out the rationale for building a careers offer for everyone young person that can be applied both within and outside of cities. The issues associated with child poverty are presented with a call for greater emphasis on career learning for all. The second part focuses on the evidence-base underpinning career education and its impact on pupil's skills and outcomes. It highlights findings from research designed to locate robust casual evidence on career education impact, drawing on experimental and quasi-experimental design.